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2014 Chris Tillman Today


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Sorry, today is the first game that I didn't follow the pitches each inning. :(
You're fired. Just kidding, you did a good job starting these threads the last couple of years.

Thanks. Much appreciated.

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Red Sox are good at driving up pitch counts no doubt.

I think Tillman needs to get better at getting some weak contact in order to keep his pitch count down. Using off speed to keep hitters off balance for instance. This is what could take him to the next level.

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That was one of the best starts of his career, and to do it against Verlander and with your team in a funk, that shows something. Call him an ace, call him a stopper, I just call him ours and say that was a fantastic outing.

Plus he had that sustained FB speed late. When he needed it. Like Verlander always did.

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"Tillman was outstanding," right fielder Torii Hunter said. "This guy has great stuff. The curveball he threw me, it scared me, actually. He was definitely keeping us off balance. Miggy had some good swings off him. [Victor] Martinez had some good hits, and I had some good swings.

"We tried, and this guy was just outstanding. Cutter outside, fastball [at] 93, 94 [mph] -- the curveball, I'm telling you, is unbelievable. His first full season last year, made All-Star; this guy is definitely a No. 1, one of the best starters in the game."

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"Tillman was outstanding," right fielder Torii Hunter said. "This guy has great stuff. The curveball he threw me, it scared me, actually. He was definitely keeping us off balance. Miggy had some good swings off him. [Victor] Martinez had some good hits, and I had some good swings.

"We tried, and this guy was just outstanding. Cutter outside, fastball [at] 93, 94 [mph] -- the curveball, I'm telling you, is unbelievable. His first full season last year, made All-Star; this guy is definitely a No. 1, one of the best starters in the game."

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After we took the lead in the 8th, the bottom half was one of the most thrilling in recent memory. Tillman with only a one run lead induced a weak popup from the first batter that almost saw a collision between Ryan Flaherty and David Lough. Flaherty went high to try and snare the ball and almost did while Lough slid underneath trying not to lose focus with Flaherty flying by as he slid on his back pocket to make the catch.

The next hitter also blooped a ball but this time to RF where Nick Markakis came on a full sprint and laid out in a dive to make a spectacular catch. The effort would illicit a fist pump from Tillman in celebration.

Maybe it was in pure adrenaline he faced Torii Hunter, the same guy who had homered off him earlier. He got ahead of him early then stayed ahead with a nasty CB. Hunter would later call the pitch "scary". Then he reared back and fired 94 mph FB for the K to end the inning.

I was on my feet, back aching but I didn't care. What an inning! Great job guys, great job, Chris.

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